Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Preparations

We have been having a great time preparing for Christmas- attending church functions last week and this week. Last week it was the stake event with a huge collection of nativities, a live nativity outside, a bunch of musical performers, crafts for the kids and cookies. I was asked to make 2 dozen cookies to contribute. I accidentally made 18 dozen. Woops. Then this last Saturday at our ward Christmas party, I did NOT win the sugar cookie competition, which I am slightly bitter about because half the participants, including two of the three winners, were NOT sugar cookies. One was shortbread and another was a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Still, mine were well enjoyed and there were only a few leftovers, which disappeared in our house in less than a day. 

Angela has an ear infection from her cold. It may have been exacerbated by teething symptoms. I think she's finally ready to sprout fangs because she's been biting me when she eats. She's on some medicine now and will hopefully feel better soon because Micah and I are going crazy getting up with her as she screams miserably every hour all night long.

We had joy school today at our house and enjoyed doing some Christmas crafts- we all made hand print ornaments with salt dough. It was super fun and easy. The kids enjoyed helping mix and were mesmerized by me spraying their hands with pam and carefully pressing the prints. Darlene- you should do this with your kids! 1 cup salt, 1 cup flour and 1/2 cup water made a batch for 4 toddler hand prints.

I told the Christmas story with little printout characters and tape. They loved it - and had much more attention for it than the bible videos clip of the nativity. And Natalie likes playing around and rearranging them. Here is one version:

She acts out the wise man giving the gifts to Jesus and the angel telling the shepherds to follow the star. It's nice to hear her telling parts of the story because it tells me that she gets it... somewhat. She also once took all the people away and just left the animals in the manger and had the angel thank all the people for coming. And she played baby Jesus getting a cookie because he was good at Publix.  Here, the donkey is "riding baby Jesus to sleep". 

Natalie's drawing skills have taken a dramatic leap. These are some drawings she did this week. Here is a person, complete with eyes, a mouth, 4 appendages and hair. So far as I know, it is her first representational work that bears any visual clues to resemble the subject.

This one, she explained, is a Daddy. He has a mustache and a beard. Can you see it?

Life as an Angela continues to be tough as big sister knocks her over and is otherwise too rough. She gets a few good bonks each day and is learning to be pretty durable. She fell headfirst into a lego block this morning. At lunch, she still had a slightly red perfect circle on her forehead...

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